Last week's wet weather got me thinking about heading to drier territory. While browsing the listings for the deserts of the American Southwest, I came across this gem, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1942 but not built until 1984. (Just think: the charm of a vintage home but the upkeep of a modern one!) Let's make our way to hot, dry Santa Fe, New Mexico, and peek inside the elliptical Pottery House.
The eye-shaped house is made of two arc-shaped wings: one for living spaces and one for sleeping spaces. Made of thousands of bricks covered in stucco, it's Wright's only adobe design, so this could be your chance to own a bit of architectural history. (It's been on the market since 2011, too, so perhaps the owners could be accommodating on the $4-million asking price.)
The two wings surround an interior courtyard that's lined with windows and a water feature. Past photos show the courtyard with a small lawn, quaint dining area, and lily pads in the curvy pond. The gravel is tidy, but I think this would be a great spot for some xeriscaping.
Here's an interior view of the glass-walled hallway facing the courtyard. The brick path through the courtyard continues on the interior floor, and the wood ceiling and geometric rug warm up the space even more. This appears to be an older photo, so the rooster artwork might already be gone.
The eye motif repeats in this window in the dining area, which sits at the corner of the two wings. Just visible at right is a fireplace — one of three in the house — and to the left, around the corner, lie the kitchen and breakfast nook.
Like the curving path through the interior courtyard, a swimming lane also leads into the house. In addition to scaling up the original plans for a nearly 5,000-square-foot house, architects Charles Montooth and Wesley Peters added a spa room underneath the pool and a three-car garage.
With arched windows lining the great room and bring perched in the foothills above Santa Fe, this house has views in every direction. When — not if — your friends come to visit, put them up in the four bedrooms and four full baths, or send them to the separate (and less architecturally significant) caretaker's house.
For another Frank Lloyd Wright up for sale, check out our post on California's La Miniatura.
1, 2, 4, 5. Sotheby's International Realty
3. Santa Fe Style (1986 Rizzoli) by Christine Mather and Sharon Woods via Flw-potteryhouse.com
6: American Home (1986) by Nenkin Jutaku Fukushi Kyokai via Flw-potteryhouse.com